New Law Related to U.S. Passport Applications for Children under Age 14
The purpose of the new U.S. requirement is to lessen the possibility that a U.S. passport might be used in the course of an international parental child abduction.
If you have any questions about this matter, please visit the AIT web-site at www.ait.org.tw or call the AIT American Citizens Services Unit at 2709-2000, ext. 2306. If you are concerned that your child, regardless of age, could become the victim of an international parental child abduction, you should contact the American Citizens Services Unit at AIT or the Office of Children's Issues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at (202) 663-2641.
Also effective July 2, 2001, in order to bring age requirements into alignment, the age at which a minor may execute his or her own passport application is being raised from 13 to 14 years.